Teachers Service Commission chief executive Nancy Macharia said on Wednesday that 4,000 new teachers will posted to secondary schools and the rest to primary schools.
Applicants for secondary schools must possess a minimum of a diploma in education or a Bachelor’s in Education degree while those seeking primary jobs must have a minimum of a P1 certificate.
They must have a teacher registration certificate and must send in their applications to county TSC directors and school’s boards of management (BOM) by August 30. They must not be older than 45 years and should have a professional certificate.
Primary schools, which have about 10 million pupils, are short of 38,054 teachers, while secondary schools, which are grappling with a huge enrolment surge driven by the government’s campaign to achieve a 100 per cent transition from primary, have vacancies for 58,291.
This means that the basic education segment is beleaguered by a shortfall of 96,345, according to TSC figures.
Polytechnics and Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions, which hold more than 180,000 trainees, have a shortfall of 5,000 tutors, while universities will lose more than 4,000 lecturers if the government implements a policy outlawing master’s degree holders from lecturing.
Dr Macharia told the applicants to prepare to be posted to any part of the country and cautioned them against “fraudsters out to extort money them by promising to influence the employment process.
In its 2019-2023 strategic plan, the TSC says it plans to recruit 12,000 teachers yearly for the next five years at a cost of Sh73.7 billion.
It estimates the shortage will have risen to 61,671 in secondary and 34,941 in primary schools by 2023.
In primary schools, the declining demand is attributed to continuous teacher recruitment over the years.
At the secondary level, the projected shortage between 2019 and 2023 is premised on the assumption that the government will sustain the provision of 12,626 teachers per year.
As a measure to cope with the shortages, schools boards of management have engaged approximately 80,000 teachers in public schools but some may be unqualified.
In June, the National Treasury allocated the commission Sh3.2 billion for recruitment.
The scramble for 5,000 teaching jobs kicks off today as Teachers Service Commission (TSC) invites applications to fill secondary and primary school slots.
Also set to benefit are the current teachers in primary schools who have acquired degrees and hold C+ grades in their two teaching subjects.
Nancy Macharia, TSC Chief Executive Officer, said the additional teachers are needed because of the huge number of students enrolled in secondary schools due to 100 per cent transition policy.
Some 4,000 new teachers will be recruited for high schools and another 1,000 picked from the current primary schools teachers who have degrees.
For the 1,000 primary schools teachers who will be promoted, TSC will recruit new ones to replace them.
Macharia said the graduate primary school teachers who are already in TSC payroll will be appointed to teach in secondary schools.
These graduate teachers will be required to have scored a mean grade of C+ in KCSE and a similar grade in two teaching subjects.
The recruitment is part of education sector initiatives coming in addition to the upcoming national conference on curriculum scheduled Friday.
Some Sh2 billion set aside for the hiring of the teachers in the current financial year.
The number is still bellow TSC projection to hire 12,626 teachers to manage the growing student numbers occasioned by the 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the Government has finalised plans to recruit 80,000 teachers on contract, to ease pressure from the existing staff.
On the overall shortage – other than supporting the 100 percent transition – TSC requires more money to hire 10,000 more teachers.
Macharia, however, said that for the ongoing exercise, all interested candidates have up to end of the month to submit their applications.
Macharia said that the graduate teachers who will be appointed to high schools will make their applications online.
“Interested candidates under this category should submit their applications to the secretary TSC through online platform not later than August 30,” said Macharia.
The teachers will be appointed at T-scale 7, Grade C2 and shall be posted to secondary schools where vacancies exist.
For the new recruitment, candidates interested to take up secondary teaching jobs have been directed to have minimum of diploma qualifications.
They will, however, be required to make applications to the Boards of Management of schools where vacancies have been declared.
And for those to be hired for primary schools, TSC requires them not to exceed 45 years and must posses P1 certificates.
“Interested candidates to apply to the County Director in the County where vacancies have been advertised and submit all relevant academic and professional documents,” said Macharia.
The exercise comes as TSC data revealed some counties are overstaffed.
The data shows that even with the total staffing standing at 317,010 teachers, there exists a shortage of 87,393 tutors.
The TSC document shows that there are 216,517 primary school teachers on duty and another 100,493 tutors in secondary schools.